Harlow Museum


DSCN3881Harlow Museum is an oasis of tranquility, a centre for researchers, a family day out in the Walled Gardens and much more besides.

Come and discover one of the best kept secrets in Essex!

What can you see there?

The Museum is located in the former Mark Hall stables, linked with the Mark Hall Manor House – visited on three occasions by Queen Elizabeth 1 and her retinue.

It is surrounded by the beautiful Walled Gardens which were originally the kitchen gardens for the great house and the famous families which lived there.


Our four main Galleries tell the story of Harlow over four periods: from recent times and the story of how modern Harlow was designed and built, through the Victorians, Stuart and Tudor times, reaching back through the middle ages to the remarkable Roman finds in the local area/

We also have regularly changing temporary exhibitions in Gallery 5 and we have a great programme of talks and lectures for history enthusiasts.

Is it family friendly?

It’s a great place to spend a contented and enjoyable morning or afternoon – you can always bring a picnic and we have a coffee machine and tables for visitors’ use on site.

Parking is easy on site; we have accessible entrances all on one level.

For children, there is always something to do: our Time Detectives workshops on Saturdays are great fun and introduce the exciting world of history  to the next generation of archeologists and researchers!

Where can I find out more?

Use the Visitor Info tab above or call us on 01279 454959 for information on opening hours and how to find the Museum.

Memory Lane….

Click here to look at a delightful clip of Harlow memories on film on YouTube – with thanks to Susan Crawford for pointing it out to us….

Photos of Harlow Old and New

This is a wonderful Facebook location where local people contribute images from around Harlow from their own experiences – really worth a visit.

At the present time, membership of the page is closed – having reached the fantastic figure of 5000 followers and contributors….

Thanks to all those who have built such a wonderful collection and take such an interest in the life and history of the Town.

Click here to visit and enjoy the nostalgia!






Did you hear?

Feedback from visitors...


"A delight to have a local fun,
educational and safe place for
my toddler to play and learn
and mum learnt a bit too!
Great Place to meet up with
other mums and have a coffee
afterwards too."

Charlotte, (parent)


"A great safe
environment; fun
and friendly!"


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